College Sports

New coach, same outlook for Tarleton State women

The Tarleton State women’s basketball team will begin its defense of the Lone Star Conference crown Nov. 14 under the direction of a new coach but under the same philosophies.

TexAnns coach Misty Wilson took the reins from Ronnie Hearne, who retired after 11 seasons, over the summer and is looking to build on the success that she helped build as a Hearne assistant.

“I think the philosophies that we had are the same,” Wilson said. “We both stressed the love of the game first and the application of the game. We taught fundamentals and good decision-making.”

Tarleton State will look for a way to replace Kiara Wright, the 2014 NCAA Division II national player of the year, who led the team in scoring with 19.6 points and 12.3 rebounds a game last season as a senior.

“We have a lot of depth, and the scoring can come from anyone,” Wilson said. “That is one of the good things about this team. Our expectations are high for this team and we have the depth and ability to compete night in and night out.”

The TexAnns open the season at home in the TexAnns Tip-Off Classic. They’ll play Baylor in an exhibition Nov. 10.

“It is a challenge and a great way to open our girls’ eyes and see the speed of the game and physicality,” Wilson said. “It is a great way to start the season. After Baylor, we have tried to schedule as many Division II games as we can. We want the girls to have an honest view of what the conference schedule is going to look like.”

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